These are by far, my favorite cupcakes I have made. I liked them a lot when I first made them, but the next day after the frosting had time to firm up in the fridge, they were even better! I will warn you, though: they are a TON of work. Do yourself a favor and make the cupcakes and maybe the yolk sauce the night before. You'll thank me later.
I used Saucy's recipe for cupcakes using a French Vanilla Cake mix.
I based my creme filling recipe on Pioneer Woman's Tiramisu.
I had to adapt it to the cupcakes, so here's the recipe I used.
3 Whole Egg Yolks
4 T sugar, divided
1/4 C. Kahlua
1 scant C. Heavy Whipping Cream
8 oz. Mascarpone Cheese @ room temp.
1+C Brewed Coffee (Strong!)
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
Cocoa Powder for dusting
Dark Chocolate for shavings, if desired
After the 5 minutes,
and a few shots cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes, or until it's cool.
You can do this several ways. Recently, I saw a blogger use a large piping tip to remove the centers. (Sorry, I can't remember who it was, but if you tell me, I'll link her up!)
I love this idea. I tried using a melon baller, as recommended by another blogger, but I ended up with a great big mess. Plus, I like a lot of creme filling so I like to remove a lot of the center.
Well, you know I can't stand to throw anything away, so I reused something for this project: a prescription bottle! It's the perfect size!
Make sure you cut the end off the bottle so the cake doesn't just get caught in there. You will need to pull it out relatively intact.
Note: Don't ask me how to cut the end off the bottle. I handed it to Superman and said "Fix this, you big Stuuuuud!" in my best Meg Ryan voice. And he did. End of story.
But please do wash the bottle out, if you decide to use this method. You will want to make sure there is no drug residue in the bottle.
Cut the tops off of the cores and set them aside. You'll need them in a minute.
2)Splash a little of the coffee mixture (about 1/2 tsp-1 tsp) in the hole.
Note: Thank you for putting up with my late-night crappy lighting photos. You are the berries. mmwaah!
Cover and refrigerate for a few hours before serving to let all the layers "marry".
The frosting will firm up, as I said.
Here is a diagram of the Tiramisu Cupcake for your viewing pleasure:
Warning: When you are done do not, I mean do NOT suck the frosting out of the piping bag like a nipple, because this does have a lot of liquor in it if you are not a big drinker, not to mention a lot of fat and calories. I am not responsible for what happens if you make this mistake. I'm just sayin'. You have been warned.